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Designed For Death


Yes I will kill a mouse. I will kill as many mice as have the temerity to live in my house.

I bought a bunch of mouse traps yesterday, and I was struck by the elegance of the Victor Trap logo. Big red V framing iconic (but not too cute) mouse head. That’s design that says “Efficient Rodent Death.” I could do without the cheap plastic “cheese” trigger, though.

Anyone who reads this and feels sorry for the little squatter vermin running along my baseboards has never experienced Mouse Infestation. This will be nipped in the bud.

14 Comments on “Designed For Death”

  1. #1 Dan
    on Jan 10th, 2009 at 7:20 am

    I like cute, furry things as much as the next guy…but they have their place and I have mine. If you stay where you belong, we’re both golden. But, if you invade my space, all bets are off.

    Happy hunting.

  2. #2 jope
    on Jan 10th, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Eek! The Victor mousetrap logo continues to give me the jitters. As a kid, one of the years I participated in Odyssey of the Mind (a nerdy hands-on competition), specifically the “chain reaction” event, the primary unit of construction was none other than… the mousetrap. Between hair-triggered traps and mishaps with the hot-glue gun, it’s a wonder my fingers can still do art.

    Also, we had the poor foresight to decide at the beginning of the project that we would dress as rodents during the competition with “Three Blind Mice” playing in the background. Oh, cruel irony…

  3. #3 Leland Purvis
    on Jan 10th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    How about a cat? Unless you’re allergic, I recommend it. When I had mice invading a house I lived in in Oregon, the cat was a great help.
    The traps will work, though. You will hear them go off at night and get up to check for bodies.

  4. #4 Colleen
    on Jan 10th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I never was allergic, but I find every time I go to a house with a cat in it, I get sneezey, so maybe I am now? Or maybe it’s just my nose adjusting. I would like a cat, but we’d need a bigger apartment to share it with an animal. But if the mouse situation gets out of control, Lieber has offered us the loan of his cat Snag.

  5. #5 Aaron McC
    on Jan 10th, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Sounds like you’re primed to read The Bakers: Babies and Kittens (if you haven’t already). Mice, cats, traps and a irritable, sneezing Kyle Baker.

    BTW, I’ve been enjoying this new blog of yours, Colleen! Thanks for it!

  6. #6 Makarov
    on Jan 10th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    dab some peanut butter on the bait thingy, that’ll help

  7. #7 Colleen
    on Jan 10th, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Oh yes. I got the sugariest, saltiest, nummiest peanut butter I could find. Come and get it!

  8. #8 Zaftigs
    on Jan 10th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    The only mouse that i love is Mickey… mice at home…..of course i am lucky!!! Sorry for your infestation……

  9. #9 Colleen
    on Jan 10th, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    It’s not an infestation… YET. We’ve each seen a little mouse once in the living room. But that is enough to make me remember the time a roommate in an old house I used to live in tried to use “humane” tactics when we started seeing mice. Not long after, the mice had taken over, and my roommate started laying traps. He stopped counting how many he had killed when he got to 24…

  10. #10 Colleen
    on Jan 11th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    That’s one! The little guy never knew what hit him…

  11. #11 Dawn
    on Jan 11th, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I’ve had great success with their mostly plastic traps that look a bit like deadly chip clips. Always deadly,,,unlike the competition.

  12. #12 Lorne
    on Jan 12th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    About four years ago I realised I had mice when I was sitting in my living room and heard rustling in my kitchen.
    It was December and I had an advent calendar with chocolate behind each door placed on a worktop in my kitchen..
    I ventured into the room to find a mouse halfway up my calendar with it’s arse sticking out of a calendar hole, chomping away on the chocolate inside!
    It was extremely amusing but a bit of a nightamer once I realised he had brought all of his brothers and sisters with him!!
    I moved out about three months later and don’t think I ever really solved my mouse problem.

  13. #13 Armstrong Sabian
    on Jan 17th, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Decon is the way to go. That way, you don’t even have to deal with the bodies.

  14. #14 Melony
    on Jan 18th, 2009 at 6:45 am

    That is why I have 2 cats and 2 dogs, they likes getting the vermin. But I do trap as well, the sticky traps work great but you feel sad when you have to let them remain stuck to the pad to die. Yes I like the furries, expect when they are being pests.

    Becareful of the Peanut Butter! Big salmonella outbreak right now. Just a bit of fyi.